It's Alabama and Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl playoff game

Dec 2, 2018

The Tide and Sooners made the final four, along with Notre Dame and Clemson who will play in the Orange Bowl. Alabama’s victory over Georgia in the SEC Championship in Atlanta bumped the Bulldogs from the playoffs. That likely left fans of the Tide breathing easier. Not even head coach Nick Saban wanted to play Georgia again after the Dogs held the lead in the conference title game until barely a minute left in the fourth quarter. Saban says the medical staff will be watching Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and his twin ankle injuries…

“I don’t think it should be something that would keep him out. Maybe for a little while. But, we won’t practice for a couple of weeks anyway.”

Alabama won the SEC title—but it didn’t look like it would turn out that way until one minute before the end of the game. Georgia led the Tide until then. Things looked worse when Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa injured his ankle for a second time and was helped off the field with ten minutes to go. Back-up Quarterback Jalen Hurts took over, threw a touchdown pass to the score, and then ran for the game winning score. Head coach Nick Saban couldn’t say enough…

“He’s always put the team first. He’s gone in the game, whenever we asked him to the game, and we played him as much as we could, so when this came up, he was gonna be ready.”

The move was a role reversal from what happened at Mercedes-Benz Stadium back Jnauary, when Tagovailoa took over for Hurts and won the national championship over Georgia